Senior Pastor, who can work with one or two full-time staff

Tue Mar 06 00:00:00 MST 2018

Central Pacific District C&MA

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE CHURCH, RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA PROFILE FOR NEW LEAD PASTOR Community Alliance Church is a long established church in Richmond, CA consisting of some 186 members. Community Alliance is part of the Central Pacific District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The church was founded as Fairmede Church in temporary quarters in 1954. The church moved to its present address in 1981. Richmond itself is a long established charter city (incorporated in 1905) of approximately 108,000 people. Richmond contains a large mix of residential, commercial and industrial occupancies spread over 52 square miles. For more information regarding Community Alliance Church see, Community Alliance Church average Sunday morning worship service attendance is currently around 200, with seating capacity for approximately 260 as currently configured. Community’s Sunday morning worship includes a blend of contemporary and traditional elements. In addition to congregational worship services, regular church life includes: several Sunday morning Bible studies, Wednesday Night Prayer, Bible Study and Youth Program (grades 6th - 12th), a Primetimer’s group (adults 55 and up), a Next Generation College and Career group, and both Men’s & Women's ministry groups. There are a number of small groups that meet throughout the week. There are some regular outreach activities through Courtside Ministries, Good News Club and Operation Compassion groups. The Community Alliance campus consists of two main buildings, upper and lower parking lots and is entirely mortgage free. The first building houses our sanctuary, church and staff offices, a small coffee shop, several classrooms and a multipurpose room/gym (with kitchen facility). The second building (two story) houses more classrooms, a nursery, a smaller multipurpose room and a small kitchen. The congregation has been generous and faithful in financial giving to both local and global ministries. Community Alliance Church is located in the Fairmede/Hilltop neighborhood of the city of Richmond, CA and along the northern border of the city of San Pablo. Richmond is considered a smaller mid-size city and is a multicultural community. We like to think of ourselves as a multi-generational church. There is a lot of variety in our congregation and reality is, a large portion of the congregation is aging. We host a number of ethnic congregations in our facility that better reflect our community than our congregation alone. Though the church greatly values these elements, we also recognize the need to more effectively engage a younger generation and better reach the community we are located in. Challenges facing Community Alliance Church are: reaching out to the surrounding community with the gospel in ways that are culturally relevant and attracting younger families in the same manner. The church has come to believe that this can best be accomplished through a commitment to the values of the heritage of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The kind of lead pastor Community Alliance Church is seeking at this time is described in the pastoral profile that follows. More information about Community, its history, and unique challenges, is available to qualified applicants. Any who believe God may be leading them to consider this special opportunity, should forward their resume to . A Biblical Leader – Community is looking for a lead pastor who is an expositor of the Bible in a way that builds the spiritual life of the existing congregation while also engaging the hearts and minds of a younger generation who want to know about the Christian faith. He should be able to articulate biblical knowledge and Alliance theology with insightful relevance to life in today’s world. He should be adept at balancing pastoral edification with innovative biblical evangelism and mission. A Visionary Leader – Community needs a lead pastor who has a passion and capacity for evangelism and mission in a way that is true to Scripture and our Alliance heritage. He needs to be able to successfully communicate the vision and in order to motivate the members of the congregation to become significantly more outward-focused to the city of Richmond in general and to the community immediately surrounding the church, in particular. A Team Leader – Community is in search of a lead pastor who knows how to access and develop the abundant spiritual and physical resources of the church to focus on the advancement of the church’s overall vision. He will need to have the kind of leadership skill that is able to recruit and manage both professional and volunteer staff so that their gifts and skills function in team relationship for the benefit of the entire church. While avoiding the distraction of organizational detail he should have a good sense of how to manage the rich resources of the church for the sake of the substantial advancement of the kingdom in the community. An Authentic Leader – Community needs a lead pastor who lives his life in moral and biblical integrity, knowing how to balance the demands of ministry with personal and spiritual development. He should be a confident person based on self-awareness as well as on prayer and the knowledge of the Word. It is expected that Community’s lead pastor will be energetic in his ministry but will also know how to balance passionate Christian service with the development of his own family and community relationships. He should have a disposition that genuinely enjoys relating to people of all ages and backgrounds, possessing a good grasp of how to manage pastoral care for the entire church. An Experienced Leader – Community believes its next lead pastor needs to be well-schooled in the Scriptures, theology and the issues of the day to a level equivalent to an appropriate degree in formal theological education. Though he may be younger, he should have a successful track record in church ministry at a significant level of leadership. He should have a good understanding of Alliance denominational culture and be prepared to represent it relevantly in its historical development to the congregation and community. In addition to the items above, we are looking for a man to be our next lead pastor with the following characteristics: Number one requirement: anointed by the Lord and called to fill this role in the life of Community Alliance Church. The candidate should have a clear testimony of coming to Christ and a life that demonstrates his continued growth in his relationship with Jesus. Experience: Ideally, the candidate should have significant experience on staff in a multi-staff church and be licensed and/or ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It is important that the candidate be currently involved on a church staff. Educational requirement: The candidate should be able to “rightly divide the Word of Truth”. His preparation to do so should include significant educational preparation. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, he should have completed a seminary degree. A 30 unit Master’s degree would be considered a minimum, a 90 unit Master of Divinity degree would be preferred. If the candidate is young, he may still be in process of completing his education, which would be taken into consideration. Community Alliance Church (CAC) is seeking a new lead pastor who can take this church on to the next level of its development on the journey to become all that the Lord intends. It is important for this person to have ministry skills and spiritual gifts that allow him to function primarily as a pastor/teacher. Administrative gifts are needed in order to handle the challenges of a multi-staff ministry team and various lay-led ministries. Sensitivity to the needs of an aging congregation as well as the ability to appeal to younger people is a must. Counseling skills are an important asset. We would like a couple who share a team concept of ministry and have found the support of the pastor’s wife to be a very important element in this ministry. The candidate should be a leader of men, one who is not afraid to challenge the people to go not necessarily where they want to go, but where the Lord bids them to go. The devotional life of the candidate: he should be a man of prayer and the Word. He should be Spirit-filled and growing in His understanding and use of his spiritual gifts.


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